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Top 5 Small Forwards in 2014 NBA Draft

Top Small Forwards in the 2014 NBA Draft

Jabari Parker
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The 2014 NBA Draft is filled with talented small forwards. In fact, one of the best players in the entire draft is considered a SF and arguably the best player in college hoops this past season is listed as a small forward. Before the draft tips off this summer, get ready for it by seeing the top five small forwards this class has to offer.

5. K.J. McDaniels, Clemson

K.J. McDaniels
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5. K.J. McDaniels, Clemson

K.J. McDaniels
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K.J. McDaniels did not get as much hype as some of his fellow ACC players this year, but that is probably because Clemson didn’t make the NCAA tourney. Regardless, McDaniels is athletic and although he only stands at 6-foot-6, he can rebound and defend. Two pretty important attributes at any level. McDaniels managed to put up 17.1 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game and 2.8 blocks per game in one of the toughest conferences this year.

4. Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

Cleanthony Early
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4. Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

Cleanthony Early
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Cleanthony Early could be one of the biggest steals in the entire draft. The athletic, 6-foot-8 small forward averaged 16.4 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game on the year, but he really showed off his talent in the 2014 NCAA tournament. He dropped 23 points on Cal Poly and 31 on the Kentucky Wildcats.

3. James Young, Kentucky

James Young
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3. James Young, Kentucky

James Young
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Speaking of Kentucky, James Young is one of the best SFs in this draft class. Young averaged 14.3 points per game for the most talented team in college basketball this season. He needs some work on his shot (34.9 percent from deep), but he has all of the skills to be a great scorer in the pros.

2. Doug McDermott, Creighton

Doug McDermott
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2. Doug McDermott, Creighton

Doug McDermott
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We may never see a player like Doug McDermott ever again. He averaged 14+ points per game all four years at the college level and 20+ in three of those seasons. He also shot 40+ percent from behind the arc all four years. With that said, he is arguably the best shooter in the draft.

1. Jabari Parker, Duke

Jabari Parker
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1. Jabari Parker, Duke

Jabari Parker
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Jabari Parker is probably the most NBA-ready prospect. He has size, can score in more ways than one, is a great rebounder and he can do basically anything very well. He may not be as athletic as Andrew Wiggins, but he could still go No. 1 in the draft regardless.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.